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Running with a Cloud

6 Apr

Yesterday’s run was beautiful. My neighbor is training for a half marathon so, I join her on her runs. We hit the Montour Trail and there we were met by one lone cloud in the sky, perfectly shaped and, just amazing.

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Our six mile run was good and, more clouds joined that one. Of course, it’s Pittsburgh and rarely is there a cloudless day! That’s ok, the clouds are beautiful.

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The Sun came out Again!!

5 Apr

The last time I saw a beautiful sunny day I wrote about it and, I said I’d let you know how the next day turned out. The sun did stay out that ENTIRE DAY!  The next day it was cloudy with snow flurries, which stayed around  for the next couple of days. YES, snow flurries! Just today my neighbor told me she heard  a guy say something funny. He said, “What a nice Winter we are having this Spring” EXACTLY!!!

 

The sun has come out  again for a couple of more days and I think JUST MAYBE Winter will lie down and let Spring come here in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is a gorgeous old city and on a sunny day it really is fun to get out, which we did the other day.

 

photo 3 (1)One of things I LOVE about the city are all of the beautiful old bridges. Pittsburgh is known for its bridges, which I have to admit I did not know prior to moving here (**GASP**). Hey, I am a native Californian and, well, I won’t say anything further to incriminate myself or any other Californian in regards to our sense of the continental United States geography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo 2 (2)It is beautiful to see these old, steel bridges throughout the entire city.  I also found a good place to run, Point State Park. The park is located at the “tip” of the triangle in Pittsburgh, where all three rivers meet. The view of the rivers, bridges, and stadiums is nice and there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy a beautiful day. The day we visited there were lots of folks out riding bikes, jogging, sitting around talking and just out having a good time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll be sure to get out there and go for that run, WHENEVER  Winter decides to let go and allow Spring to finally come.

Krav Maga

4 Apr

My cousin Sacha is “Ms. Krav Maga” in my opinion. She’s super fit and strong and that is very motivating. So, I got to go to her studio Krav Maga DC with her and tried it out. Check it out below (hilarious):

 

 

Have any of you tried it?

Spring Workout

22 Mar

Here is my weekly post for Sweat Everyday. Posted on Tuesday of this past week. Enjoy!

Yesterday marked the first day of Spring , yet for many it was still chilly. Some of us even experienced snow flurries!

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The sun DID manage to peak out and shower us with sun-rays so, April decided it was time to get outside and workout. Maybe you can go outside, bundle up and get your workout on too. It’s never too cold (ahem-ok, April’s personal too low point is  40 degrees) to stay active.

If you need a quick idea on how to jump start your spring training just see April share her quick morning workout.

  April’s morning workout

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April’s post workout

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There is nothing like a change of seasons to help change your workouts or,  jump-start your workouts.

What you do for a quick workout on a brisk spring day?

Happy Spring Everyone!

Bum Foot

19 May

I have really been remiss about a lot of things lately. With my three boys school, baseball, life schedule I have just been running tirelessly around like crazy.  Working out and eating right would be a couple of those things I am remiss about right now. I do have a “good excuse” about it though.

My dear sweet girlfriend, who is a total workout warrior, motivated me, over Spring break, with this text message: “Ran on the beach in my bikini, barefoot, and it was great”. WOW! I thought. I am going to do that too! She was in Georgia, on the coast and I was in Gulf Shores, outside of Pensacola so I figured I’d run too. I ran 2 miles barefoot however, no bikini just shorts and a top.

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I felt GREAT!!!! I felt great until a day later, my foot began to hurt, it got worse, and now a month later it isn’t as bad BUT it still hurts!

Geesh! I blame it on my age. I use to heal so much faster when under the age of 40, LOL! I must say that my girlfriend is not as “old” as I am and she is a true runner. I am just making excuses now because we are both 40 and up. She even has a FB page for this 400 days Until 40, a page to encourage, uplift and motivate us to continue on our journey, defying age and stereotypes about age.

So, with my foot injury I continue to teach cycle, yoga and ZUMBA, with a good ace bandage wrap but I haven’t worked out much at all. Any pressure on my foot is not good. However I must press on and will! NO EXCUSES!

The beach walk

10 Mar

Just finished a great sandy walk with my cousin Alicia.

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Love the air at 7am, the sound of the waves & the smile on everyone’s face. Now doing pushups and lunges. Now ready for the day!

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Love, Love,Love

14 Feb

Today is a day to share your love! There are so many ways to express love to your loved ones, your pets, your neighbors and most importantly yourself! If you have no one to share it with do it for yourself! Here are some ways I shared love today.

Hubby left to go out of town yesterday so I stuck a card in his bag and this morning I called to tell him to look for it. This morning, I woke up early enough to make heart pancakes for my three boys. Chocolate chip for my middle son, blueberry for my oldest, and regular ones for the baby (well he is 5, not such a baby anymore).

heart-shaped blueberry pancakes; made with fresh blueberries

I made a “love” playlist for my cycle class. We had class this morning at 9:45am and what better way to love yourself than taking a class to improve your health. This is one of my FAVORITE love songs, which I played in class:

I also gave them dark chocolate heart-shaped pieces of goodness! I have never done that before;  we all need a treat sometimes. Not all 45 took it, but some did and appreciated it. I appreciate them for working so hard. Some of my students work harder than I do and I love them for always coming back to my class and working hard with me and inspiring me to be better ( a better teacher and better with my own work out routine)!

There are great things you can do today and everyday to show love. Today, I have a friend who is going to write a letter to God, and express her love for Him! WOW! I think that is beautiful. SO, see today need not be a downer day. Give love, give it to a friend, a neighbor, your family, yourself. No greater gift is there that love. As Stevie says:

“Did you know true love asks for nothing?

Her acceptance is the way we pay.

Did you know that life is giving love again

To last forever, another day?”